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Dolan's Cadillac (2009)

Christian Slater , Emmanuelle Vaugier , Jeff Beesley  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Wes Bentley, Greg Bryk, Aidan Devine
  • Directors: Jeff Beesley
  • Writers: Richard Dooling, Stephen King
  • Producers: Alain Gagnon, Ellen S. Wander, Janine Stener, Kevin DeWalt, Mark Montague
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: National Entertainment Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033HKCV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dolan's Cadillac" on IMDb

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Based on the story by Stephen King. After his wife is murdered by notorious crime boss Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater), Robinson (Wes Bentley), a quiet middle school teacher, devises a diabolical plan to get revenge.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By R. Beck
Format:DVD
This movie caught my attention at the video store and I read the synopsis and it sounded like it had potential, so I decided to give it a go. First off this film is based on a Stephen King short story which I learned during the opening credits of the dvd, being a Stephen King fan this made me expect more from the get go and I was not disappointed. Christian Slater and Wes Bentley both did an excellent job. Dolan's Cadillac was well paced and a pleasure to watch from beginning to end. One down side is i would have liked to know a little bit more about Wes Bentley's slain wife, but this did not take away too much from the film in my opinion. If you like revenge/thriller themed movies Dolan's Cadillac will not disappoint.

Wes Bentley continues to impress me with his acting ability. He has been in only a handful of recognizable films to the main stream Hollywood industry with such titles being P2, Ghost Rider, and American beauty. i would like to see him in more films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the short story! March 16, 2013
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I loved the short story from Stephen King, so expected more of the movie. The story went into great detail about the planning and physical work that "Robinson" went to for revenge, the movie didn't detail that as deeply, which was a disappointment to me. It was also kind of a shock to see Christian Slater as "Dolan". I've never seen him in a role as the major bad-dude. Oh, and the language was pretty bad. I'm certainly not a prude, but the language was a little much and not really necessary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad July 20, 2010
By Gary
Format:Blu-ray
Dolan's Cadillac is quite an impressive looking film. The budget was probably fairly small but that doesn't particularly show. The actors all do a fine job and the dialogue is very good. If it has a flaw it's that it's based on a short story and there's not really enough happening to justify the running time. As an hour long tv film it would be outstanding. Even so, it's well made and worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
For some reasons, very few Steven King stories get well translated to the screen.

The BEST is probably SHAWSHANk REDEMPTION by far
Great movie !!!

But almost every other King story that gets turned into a movie (including this one) simply fail.

Could not make it to the end.

Just did not hold our attention at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than most adaptions of King's stories July 13, 2010
Format:DVD
While this isn't exactly a masterpiece, "Dolan's Cadillac" is ten times better than most of the Stephen King fare out there (his movies *and* books). I still remember reading the film's story title "Dolan's Cadillac" when I was young in that great collection "Everything's Eventual" and never forgetting the sheer macabre subtlety with which King ends the cool, chilling tale of an ordinary man's revenge on a top mobster who had his wife murdered for testifying against him as a witness to a crime.

Wes Bentley (Robinson, recalling well Weldon Kee's disillusioned, angry poetic persona) is a sixth grade schoolteacher with a relatively happy life and a lovely wife who teaches at the same school. They live around Las Vegas and one day, while she is horseriding around the desert, she witnesses the thuggish, brutal Christian Slater execute a fellow henchmen for not delivering his "sex slave product" on time. She drops her cellphone, and though they are given witness protection, she is killed with a car bomb.

No, Robinson is not as bald as in the story and yes it departs from the text quite a bit--but in the end, perhaps for a little innovative creativity. When Robinson devises his most cruel trap--a tarpaulin facade on the highway which is in reality a huge ditch meant for Dolan's (Christian Slater) and he falls in, the dialogue is worthy of some of the finest literature we have--in some parts hammy, in other parts superior to King's ending itself, though he was aiming for a more obsessive and subtle approach. Edgar Allan Poe is in the air, to be certain. The question of revenge, particularly this sort of elaborately devised and sinister sort, is explored with exquisite detail as the two characters scream at each other, one buried in the desert with nothing but a gun he can no longer use, and one with a conscience that is being severely tested. Not a masterpiece, but a brilliant adaptation, and absolutely recommended to any fan of the original Stephen King.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of talent and of my time, I thought. August 21, 2010
By Filmfan
Format:DVD
The movie holds your interest up to a point, but after watching it to the very end, I felt that I had
just wasted my time. At the end of the film, it's watching a so-so actor together with Christian Slater, who hams it up, and overacts. Slater is talented, but
this was a waste of his talent. Maybe it was just a case of bad direction. I thought the story was paper thin, and the acting also thin and unimpressive, all the way through, with clichés.
Showing the wife now and then, the way the director did, was a tired cliché,I thought. I wouldn't recommend this film
to anybody. I do like Christian Slater, when the material is good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The synopsis sounded interesting: An average man's wife is murdered by a fearsome gangster and the wimpy husband finds a great way to get revenge. Everyone loves good revenge movies....unfortunately, this one is just not very good.

Problem No. 1 is that it is adapted from a Stephen King short story. I enjoy Stephen King novels, but never cease to be disappointed by screen adaptations of them. Somehow my imagination, while reading, is always way more scary and inventive that the visual interpretation provided by a movie studio. This one is no exception.

No. 2 is that Christian Slater overacts, in this movie, to a degree that is always distracting and often comical. He can portray a cold-blooded maniac quite well (see him in True Romance), but his supposed satanic viciousness in this opus is conveyed by a lot of yelling, "hard" looks at the camera, and unconvincing tough-guy dialog. At no time does he ever appear truly dangerous or psychotic. Instead, he comes off as a very well dressed, baby-faced, loud-mouthed, overconfident, silly little guy. As testimony to this, we are told (the weakest of all expository methods) how bad Dolan is....twice. To be honest, I think he was cast for his marquee appeal rather than for being appropriate for the part.

No. 3 is Wes Bentley's eyebrows. These things have a life of their own. They look like giant black caterpillars hovering over dark, psychotic eyes. They are all I ever see when I look at him, and its probably just as well, because his acting is generally at a "made for TV" level. He looked far scarier than Christian Slater at all times, however, and would have made a far more convincing villain than "common man".

No. 4 is the conclusion. SPOILER ALERT.....How is this crime ever going to go undetected?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
This movie has no redeeming qualities. Skip it. Don't waste your time. Save your money. I gave Dolan's Cadillac one star because I couldn't give it less.
Published 1 month ago by Martin T Vodopich
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Excellent short story by Stephen King, excellent movie with Christian Slater! Even though I knew everything that was going to happen, I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Published 2 months ago by THERESA LONG
1.0 out of 5 stars Stephen king would be ashamed
Horrible acting, DVD was scratched and couldn't play all way thought didn't matter the movie was terrible! Don't waste your time or money I want my 2 hours of life back!
Published 2 months ago by Iamlegend1973
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising find.
I had never seen this movie and got it on the strength of the Stephen King name. Plus, Christian Slater, how could it miss? And it didn't! Read more
Published 4 months ago by OriginalCatlady
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Like it
Don't like it. Thought it was a little drawn out and a little long. for me the best part was when it was over.
Published 4 months ago by KitKat
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
a good addition to my collection I own over 100 titles in dvd soon I will have to add another shelf
Published 7 months ago by Jon Ham
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge Is Sweet
A Classic SK story, very well captured on film. Well written, well acted, and very well edited...one of my favorite SK stories on film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Belle Taine
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadistic teacher
When an unwitting witness of a gangster brutality was exterminated, a husband-teacher of a horse-riding wife-in-expectancy murdered had taken justice in own hands and achieved... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King does Poe (Possible spoiler!)
A teacher plots revenge when a gangster kills his wife. Sounds like just another revenge flick, but this is Stephen King's retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's macabre masterpiece "A... Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't perfect, but it was Stephen King's take on a Poe theme
Fairly typical of a Stephen King story. You have a good story and well developed characters. Christian Slater was good as the bad guy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by dcouler13
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